Australian Council on Children and the Media

Word Domino - Nicolas Lehovetzki

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Word Domino is a letter game. The task is to combine syllables to form meaningful words. Children (and adults) can practise their vocabulary and reading skills, in English, French, Spanish, and German. Caution: in-app purchases and online interactivity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Word Domino was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 15 December 2016.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Word Domino
Developed by: Nicolas Lehovetzki
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes, Google Play: 6+
ACCM suggested age: Not recommended for under 5; parental guidance recommended for 5- 8 years due to in-app purchases and online interactivity; Suitable for 9+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Word Domino contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All 3 levels of difficulty and both play modes – static tiles and floating bubbles were reviewed.

App description

Word Domino is a letter game. In the free version the player can choose from 7 categories, for example “Weather”, and is then presented with word syllables that need to be combined to form words by clicking on them. Depending on the selected level of difficulty, a round contains 8, 12 or 20 syllables. The player can also choose whether the syllables are presented as static tiles or floating bubbles. The game is available in English, French, Spanish and German.

Reviewers comments

This game can be played by anyone with basic vocabulary and reading skills in the selected language. It provides an opportunity to practise reading, spelling and categorical thinking. There is an optional speech synthesis function so that players can hear how the word is pronounced. The language option makes the app suitable to practise basic vocabulary and spelling as well as pronunciation in another language (note that app does not provide translations). The floating bubble option requires a higher level of concentration and visual focussing.

This app does not require the creation of a user account, provision of personal information or internet interactivity to play, however parental guidance and/or co-playing is recommended for young children, due to the option to play and share information online, in-app purchases and advertisements for other games. There is a direct link to log into Facebook with an existing account.

In App purchasing

  •  The full version is advertised and linked to the App Store. 

Online information

  • Users can share their game activity via Facebook. This requires logging into an existing account.
  • Players have the option to log in with their Apple ID to play and share with other players worldwide.
  • Users are invited to rate the game, which requires logging into the App Store.

Gambling

At time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

  • The full version is advertised.
  • In the Options Menu more games are advertised. 

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • There are no gender stereotypes or sexual references.

Coarse language

  • No coarse language was found during the review.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • At the time of the review, the game did not require or foster any game playing behaviour that may be of concern to parents.

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